A Thousand Steps into Night (Hardcover)
This Japanese-inspired buddy road-trip fantasy reads like a Studio Ghibli movie! Spirited, colorful, heartwarming, adventurous, and equal parts vulnerable and fierce. It's got plot twists and defys tropes and has the cutest bird-boy friend I've ever met. -Molly— From Staff Picks for Kids and Teens
Longlisted for the National Book Award
From bestselling and award-winning author Traci Chee comes a Japanese-inspired fantasy perfect for fans of Studio Ghibli. When a girl who’s never longed for adventure is hit with a curse that begins to transform her into a demon, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life, but along the way is forced to confront her true power within.
In the realm of Awara, where gods, monsters, and humans exist side by side, Miuko is an ordinary girl resigned to a safe, if uneventful, existence as an innkeeper’s daughter.
But when Miuko is cursed and begins to transform into a demon with a deadly touch, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life. Aided by a thieving magpie spirit and continuously thwarted by a demon prince, Miuko must outfox tricksters, escape demon hunters, and negotiate with feral gods if she wants to make it home again.
With her transformation comes power and freedom she never even dreamed of, and she’ll have to decide if saving her soul is worth trying to cram herself back into an ordinary life that no longer fits her… and perhaps never did.
Traci Chee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reader series and a National Book Award finalist. Her latest novel, We Are Not Free, was met with a Printz Honor and Walter Honor in addition to the NBA nomination and received four starred reviews. She lives in Northern California. www.tracichee.com, Twitter: @tracichee, Facebook & Instagram: @TraciCheeAuthor.
“Chee once again creates a lush fantasy world that revolves around a girl discovering her own power…[and] never takes the path that’s expected.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
“Intricate plotting; a vivid, multifaceted cast; and immersive worldbuilding provide plenty for readers to sink their teeth into in this triumphant fantasy.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Unexpected and inventive.” — Horn Book Magazine